‘The idea of there being trends and phases – it’s not about that. Music is constantly changing and constantly evolving. Pop has absorbed hip-hop in a very real way.’ Was the sentiment from Beats 1 Presenter and new music champion Zane Lowe as he spoke to us on the red carpet of GRM Daily’s Rated Awards show.
The ceremony saw artists like AJ Tracey, Not3s, D Double E and Nines acknowledged for their contribution to UK urban music throughout the last year and played host to some of the biggest names in UK music.
Held at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, this is the fourth year the publication has hosted their annual award ceremony, which was this year presented by Julie Adenuga, Stormzy, Tim Westwood, Jessie Lingard and more.
24-year-old London rapper AJ Tracey enjoyed success at the event, taking home the Track of the Year Award, sponsored by PRS For Music, for his 2018 offering Butterflies, which features fellow Rated Award winner Not3s.
Watch our full interview with Zane below from the red carpet: